Gentiana depressa

One to look out for, Autumn 2016 Gentiana depressa Of all the truly choice, high-alpine Himalayan Gentian species that are available in the horticultural trade, Gentiana depressa fits the bill. This species, despite its availability is still quite demanding of culture and I have not found it to be long-lived in the open garden. On […]

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Photo by Robert Rolfe

Campanula ‘Joe Elliott’

From time to time in the history of modern alpine gardening, an artificial hybrid of outstanding beauty is created either by chance or by careful hand-pollination. Many of the finest plants are created by chance and it was by this method that one of the finest of all hybrid campanulas was raised. Of greatest concern […]

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Photo by Ian Pryde

Iris winogradowii AGM

For many years I have grown this exquisite subalpine iris species belonging to the Reticulatae section, but I never feel as if I have found it easy or have I grown it to a sizeable clump. Right now it is increasing well! This is a rare species in nature, native to a few stations in […]

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Crocus banaticus AGM

This must rank as one of the most unusual and exotic of all Crocus species. It is one of the last of all the plants to flower in my garden, perhaps just preceding Galanthus reginae-olgae this year, blooming anytime from September into October (according to the season). I would always plant this species, native to […]

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Rhodohypoxis ‘Great Scot’ A.M.

This cultivar will ranks as the best, red-flowered cultivar amongst this renowned genus. Rhodohypoxis flower from late spring right through the summer and are native to the Drakensberg Mts of Lesotho, producing congested clumps of corm-like structures which I have found over a period of some 30 years, prefer to have a dryish to dry, […]

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Primula marginata ‘Casterino’

An alpine garden without any forms of Primula marginata adorning it, is missing out on one of the finest and easiest of all the European primulas. The species belongs to the Maritime and Cottian Alps of Italy and France occupying  precipitous limestone (yet not exclusively) rock fissures and steep humus slopes sometimes preferring the dappled […]

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Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’

A few years ago, during the month of February I was visiting a friend’s garden in Suffolk and encountered a well-flowered specimen shrub of Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’. Perhaps it was the striking deep, purplish-pink flowers that caught my eye in the first instance, but the sensuous waft of fragrance that met my nose was a […]

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Ginkgo biloba

This is a thoroughly well-known tree yet still, I feel rather sparingly planted in gardens. Often known as the Maidenhair Tree, it is certainly a unique taxon, regarded as a living fossil and similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. It is native to E.China from the Tianmu Shan, Zhejiang Provence with some living […]

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